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Leicester City takes a zero-tolerance policy with its own fans on homophobic chants.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Leicester City - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg
At least two Leicester City fans have ben arrested for chanting homophobic messages at a match.
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How do you crack down hardcore on anti-gay chants by soccer fans? Work with police to arrest offenders.

That’s what’s happened at a recent Leicester City match against Brighton & Hove Albion, as two Leicester fans were taken into custody for chanting homophobic messages during their team’s match. The homophobic idiots will not have to deal with the British court system, which does not look kindly on bigotry.

“We are committed to creating a passionate, inclusive, welcoming environment at King Power Stadium, in which everyone is free to enjoy the match-day experience,” a Leicester spokesman said in a statement on Monday, according to New Straits Times.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to educate our staff, senior King Power Stadium stewards undertook specialist training during the summer in effectively identifying offensive behavior, including contributions from Leicester’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Centre on recognizing homophobic abuse.”

Hopefully Mexico and every stadium that hosts the Mexico national soccer team will start taking anti-gay slurs this seriously.

Brighton & Hove Albion fans, coaches and players have long been the targets of anti-gay chants as the area is known for a strong LGBT population.

Good on Leicester to take a zero-tolerance policy with its own fans. It is only when the Premier League and each of its clubs refuse to allow homophobic actions at matches that soccer will take two steps forward.